Phyllium sp. "Phuoc Binh"
(by Bruno Kneubuehler)

 

General Informations

  • provenience: Phuoc Binh NP, Vietnam
  • Phước Bình National Park is a national park in the commune of Phước Bình, Bác Ái District, Ninh Thuận Province. It is located 62 km north-west from Phan Rang town, the capital of Ninh Thuận Province
  • collected in 2014 by Joachim Bresseel (BE) and Jérome Constant (BE)
  • ID and taxonomic evaluation by Joachim Bresseel (BE)
  • F1 CB culture in 2015 by Tim Bollens (Belgium)
  • further taxonomical informations ➤ Phasmida Species Files
  • this is a pure culture, and all serious breeders are kindly requested to avoid mixing this culture with similar populations from a different provenience / location. When spreading this culture to other breeders, then always use the full name with provenience
  • this culture is number CLP 683   (Online Phasma Culture List)

Females

  • typical for Phyllium
  • body length ≈ 8 cm
  • females coloration is variable across individuals
  • some females are greenish, while others are yellow

Males

  • typical for Phyllium
  • body length ≈ 6 cm
  • green

Nymphs

  • freshly hatched nymphs are dark brown
  • on how to distinguish between male and female nymphs

Eggs

  • ≈ 4 x 2.5 mm

Food Plants

  • bramble (Rubus spp.)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • hazelnut (Corylus avellana)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • beech (Fagus sylvatica)
    well accepted by nymphs and adults
  • other possible food plants (not tested though):
    Salal (Gaultheria shallon)
    oak (Quercus spp.)

Breeding, Behaviour

  • easy to breed
  • active mainly during the night
  • they feign death when touched
  • females fling the eggs away with a swift swing of their abdomen
  • eggs just drop to the ground
  • about 10 eggs per female and week
  • incubation (Cup-Incubation-method, on medium damp vermiculite) about 4.5 months at 20 - 24 °C
  • it is quite common that some nymphs will hatch weeks or even months after the first nymphs - from the very same batch of eggs
  • eggs can be covered with vermiculite (about 5 - 10 mm high), which makes it easier for the nymphs to hatch without getting stuck in the eggs shell
  • nymphs hatch during daytime (around noon), as all Phyllium nymphs do
  • a humidity of about 65 - 75 % rH seems to be good enough for nymphs
  • keep adults at a higher humidity of around 80% rH
  • one can spray them regularly with chlorine-free water, but allow the water to dry up before spraying again
  • ventilator which provides regular air movement is very much recommended
  • provide a cage of about 40 x 30 x 30 (cm, L x B x H) for 2 adult couples
  • males will be adult after about 5 months (at 20 - 24°C), females after 6+ months
  • the Free-Standing-Setup is very much recommened to get freshly hatched nymphs starting to feed. Once the nymphs are in L3, the Free-Standing-Setup is no more necessary

Basics of phasmid breeding

  • keep only one species per cage, overpopulation is one of the main reasons for breeding failures
  • keep nymphs seperate from the adults, mainly to protect them during the crucial moulting phases
  • choose the cage big enough. When in doubt, too big is (usually) better than too small
  • a ventilator often supports good breeding results, as it seems to increase activity and feeding
  • provide enough light, but avoid direct sunlight (overheating)
  • try to keep day time temperatures below 25°C
  • a nocturnal fall of temperature is natural (down to around 20°C)
  • do not spray too much, phasmids are no fish ! Allow the water to dry up before you spray again
  • minimize disturbances (loud music, commotions, light at or during the night, opening up cages in the morning [often a moulting phase] ect.)

Useful informations

detailed infos on how to breed phasmids
www.phasmatodea.com/web/guest/199

infos on newly cultured phasmid species
https://www.facebook.com/phasmatodea

how to recognize the difference between male / female nymphs
www.phasmatodea.com/web/guest/tips-and-tricks

eggs for breeding
http://www.phasmatodea.com/web/guest/222

 

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